Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Pauwel KwakPauwel Kwak

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-30-2001

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Photo of rdilauro
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The initial pour looked promising. Nice and semi dark with a bright white creamy head.
But then...
Not much of any noticeable bouquet or aroma. The first sip was ok, crisp and a good mouthful, but nothing really exciting.
The second sip was better but I guess this just wasnt what I was hoping it to be.
Nothing wrong with the beer, just something that I could not get excited about or have again.

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Photo of agancsos
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into one of those crazy wooden handled glass trumpet shaped glassholder devices that im sure has a proper name, and for this it gets bonus points. cheeky monk in denver. has a nice redorange glow, some cloudiness, and a small white head. lovely. smells really yeasty, almost sour if you think about it like that, some notes of dried fruit as well. flavor just isnt my favorite for a belgian. its tart and sweet at the same time but not in the right proportion, it kind of filled me up too, which is uncommon for this style. the yeast dominates the flavor with subtle notes of dried cherries and raw sugar. feel is nice and bubbly, crisper than most in the finish. not a bad beer, but on a night of drinking fine belgian ales, this one did not stand out.

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Photo of zonker17
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in Kwak glassware at Benelux, Milwaukee.

A - copper color and 1 inch beige head. Reduced quickly with decent lacing.

S - light malt, fruits

T - mineral notes, iron, banana

M - slightly syrupy

O - not outstanding in any way but also a drinkable beer

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Photo of martyl1000
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Hendral
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of bckayaalp
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ChanceK
4/5  rDev +6.7%

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Tumble
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy reddish amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer and leaves very mild lacing.

Smell: Sweet with some Belgian spice and fruity notes. I'm picking up a hint of bubble gum.

Taste: Sweet malt with some mild Belgian spice. The fruity notes from the smell are there, as is the bubble gum. A slightly warm alcohol note shows up in the finish along with some herbal notes to go with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Just on the thick side of medium body with very strong carbonation. The finish is slick and a bit chalky.

Overall: This is a very solid Belgian ale. I enjoyed the blend of flavors, but wasn't blown away.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of leinie13
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy reddish brown.
S: not getting any particular smell
T: Drinks similar to a red wine. Light on carbonation, hints of grape fruityness. Little character overall.
M: Bitter with a lingering dryness. Interesting but a little harsh.

Overall I thought this was a solidly average brew. It was interesting to get those grape tastes but it when the pieces came together it wasn't doing it for me.

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Photo of RickS95
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the glass that came with the gift set. It's an entertaining pour. Rich mahogany brown, cloudy and then the head starts. You see brown bubbles fall from the top on one side and rise from the bottom on the other side of the glass. Huge head, lots of retention, off-beige, foamy.

It's malty with a slight hop presence, but nothing to write home about.

Like the smell, the malt dominates. There's some caramel or toffee in there as well.

Very sweet, bordering on too sweet. Slightly creamy. The faintest nick of bitter in the swallow, but barely noticeable. Medium bodied, sticky sweet finish.

It's a strange beer. I don't recall any other type of pale ale that lacked even a remote bitterness and instead was so sweet. It's still a decent beer, just categorized wrong.

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Photo of deebo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tap glass with a shape closest to the Kwak glass that I have. Bottle with a BB date 11 13 2013.

A-Pours with a ton of big bubble effervescence leading into an off white airy head that laces while enjoying. Completely clear with a brilliant amber reddish color.

S-A complex, yet mellow aroma of fruity yeast (pineapple), sweet and slightly toasted barley malt, and a hint of spicy earthy hops.

T-Sweet, fruity and malty.

M-Plenty of tingly carbonation that brings out some spicy and bittering hops that lead into a decently long finish. The carbonation also nicely carries the fruity yeast and sweet slightly toasted. Body is light/medium. A hint of vapory alcohol as beer warms. Towards the end of glass it gets pretty noticeable letting you know this beer can knock you on your ass.

D-Could drink a few of these. Best enjoyed with a clean palate to enjoy this delicately crafted brew.

O-A really well put together beer. Complex and balanced very nicely.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of stevoj
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After an evening of mediocre beer, this one hits the spot! Beautifully executed Belgian ale, excellent tastes of roast grains, caramel, toffee prunes, drief fruit....Immensely satisfying!

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -20%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,760 ratings.
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